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Van Poppel pitches second perfect game of the season for 12 – 0 win against Hermleigh

Coming off a major district victory against Ira last week, in this Tuesday’s game, the Yellowhammers won 12 – 0 over the Hermleigh Cardinals. Along with cinching a four-game winning streak, Rotan’s Cole Van Poppel pitched his second perfect game of the season.

In its most simple definition, a perfect game is when a pitcher retires each batter in order with none reaching base. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Van Poppel made history this week, as he became one of only seven high school pitchers in the country to have accomplished this lofty goal in a single season — the first pitcher to do so out of Texas.

There has been only one pitcher in Texas to throw two perfect games during his career. Gunner Baker from Price Carlisle TX threw a perfect game in 2012 against Miller Grove and a second against Gary in 2013.

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Apr
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Tammy Gholson Gentry for Aspermont School Board

To the citizens of Stonewall County:

I, Tammy Gholson Gentry, am announcing my candidacy for the Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees. I was raised in Aspermont and was a 1993 graduate of AHS. Following graduation, I pursued a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University and am currently employed by Stonewall Memorial Hospital. I married Clay Gentry and we have three wonderful children. Our twins, Celie and Sadie are freshman, and our son, Colt, is in 5th grade. Since moving back to Aspermont in 2006, I have been an active member of the First United Methodist Church and serve on the Ad Council and the Staff-Parish Relations Committees. I am a board member in the Stonewall County Youth Sports Association and the Aspermont Hornet Booster Club.

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19
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Nomadic Newspaper relaxes in Madrid, Spain

The Double Mountian Chronicle tagged along with J.V. & Betty Neves Martin while they visited with grandchildren Savannah & Jackson in Madrid Spain.

"We were there visiting our grand daughter who is teaching in Spain for a year. Exciting flight back with plane diverted to London for overnight repairs!" said Betty.

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12
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Fairy Yardmothers grant school grounds wish

Lola Gholson, Bobbie Hill, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Melissa Ribelin, Belinda Hecht, Lana Snipes, Claire Clark, TeriJo Gonzales & Glenda Hill (not pictured) - Courtesy Photo

Aspermont ISD’s campuses are getting a woman’s touch as nine local residents team up with contractors, school administrators and students to spread a little beauty, and with a little luck, inspire a community. They call themselves the Fairy Yardmothers, and their magic wands come in the form of shovels, picks, and rakes, and the wishes they grant require a little more work than a flick and a swish.

It started only a few weeks ago when the group’s leader — although she would not admit it and the others would not deny it — Belinda Hecht sent out a group message to seven local women.

“I called smart, resourceful, dependable friends,” said Hecht, reaching out to Lola Gholson, Brenda Vahlenkamp, Lana Snipes, Melissa Ribelin, Clair Clarke, TeriJo Gonzales, and Glenda Hill. It was Glenda who suggested the group also contact her daughter-in-law, Bobbie Hill, who readily agreed, making nine women in total.

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12
Apr
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Event packed weekend around Double Mountains

No excuse for staying inside this Saturday, as activities are abundant with just about anything you might be looking for either down the block, around the corner, or just down the road.

Got a little bit of extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Anything from cupcakes to combines is up for sale this weekend. In Fisher County, the annual Rotan Farm Sale will get kicked off around 7:30 a.m. at the Old Rodeo Grounds 3/4 mile west of Rotan on FM 611.

The sale is much more than an opportunity for local farmers to auction off surplus equipment, it’s a social event where auctioneers call out bids while onlookers can mingle in conversation, sharing stories, or grabbing something to feed their faces and wet their whistles from local concession stands.

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12
Apr
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No decision on Roby daycare

School officials once again engaged in serious discussion at Roby CISD’s board meeting Monday night, and although new financial and logistical information was presented, trustees raised new questions that needed answers before moving forward. Superintendent Keith Cook assured the trustees he would gather additional information to consider at next month’s meeting, where it is anticipated the board will make a final decision.

During last month’s meeting, Cook explained and the board discussed some general information about operating a daycare facility. Cook informed trustees about application and initial licensing fees, criminal background checks for employees, and other expenses. He also informed the board of basic facility and staffing guidelines, in addition to fire marshal and Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) inspections.

Fri
05
Apr
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Big Country Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up Program: Here to Meet Needs in Our Communities

For four years now, Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) members’ Operation Round Up change contributions have helped families and service organizations locally. Since 2015, the Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $240,000 to our local communities through organizations who provide charitable and educational services, as well as families with demonstrated financial need.

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Stonewall SO turns traffic stop to drug bust

Anson K-9 Police Officer Zeuss was paramount in the Stonewall County Sheriff Department’s discovery of 15,479 grams of Pharmaceutical-grade codeine during Monday’s arrest. (Courtesy Photo)

The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department uncovered over 15,000 grams of pharmacygrade codeine Monday. (Courtesy Photo)

After calls about a reckless driver resulted in a traffic stop Monday evening, a K-9 unit was called in, where more than 15,000 grams of liquid codeine was discovered. The Stonewall County Sheriff’s Department arrested the driver from Liberal KS on several charges.

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Fri
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Aspermont EDC/ IDC tables funding for local daycare

The Aspermont EDC/IDC board of trustees met last week, where they agreed to lift the lien on a local daycare property for the possibility of sale but tabled an interested party’s proposal for funding the purchase.

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Fisher County Sheriff‘s Office Network Held for Ransom

A computer system at the Fisher County Sheriff’s Department was exposed to an email phishing scheme early this month, where a number of files were infected with ransomware, and literally, held in ransom. Although it appears limited, an investigation into the extent of the damage — as well as for those responsible — is underway, and while the county has paid no demands, commissioners are taking precautions against future attacks.

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